Staff Sergeant Ryan Franks was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated from Santa Fe Unit School, Santa Fe Tennessee in 2006. Upon graduation he attended Columbia State Community College’s EMT-IV program and Tennessee Fire Code and Enforcement Academy. After four years of service as a firefighter and EMT he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Franks completed Infantry OSUT in February of 2012. Upon graduation from basic training he attended Airborne School and was assigned to A co. 1-505PIR 3BCT 82nd ABN DIV in Fort Bragg North Carolina. From July 2012 to January 2015 SGT Franks served in every position within an infantry fire team from rifleman to Team Leader and Squad Leader. In January of 2015 Franks was assigned to the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, Fort Benning Georgia. Within his first year on the Service Pistol Team he earned his black hat, distinguished pistol shot badge and won the President’s Hundred Match during Camp Perry Nationals.
Franks graduated from Airborne School, Combat Life Saver, XVIII Airborne Corps Dragon First Responder, Combatives Training Course (lv1), Javelin Gunners Training Course, Joint Capabilities Release Operators Course, Bus Driver School, Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leadership Course, Hazardous Material Site Management Course and SHARP Foundations.
His awards include Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, three Army Commendation Awards, five Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, two Non-Commissioned Officer Development Ribbon, President’s Hundred Tab, Army Interservice Competition Badge and the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge.